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We put out a call on social media, inviting anyone to call in anonymously and share their problems. I do most of the listening. But if they’d rather speak to a male, then Qwarme steps in. Redneck punisher skull confederate flag heritage not hate 3d hoodie. We’ve helped almost seventy people in the last three years. It’s become a round-the-clock job. Some people call us every day. Others will call once a month but talk for hours. Occasionally we’ll recommend a therapist if it seems like professional help is needed. But other than that, we just listen. And for most people that’s enough.